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WBFO coverage of the 2011 elections.

Voters cast their ballots

It is election day 2011 and voters will decide on one of the biggest races in Erie County.   Incumbent Republican Erie County Executive Chris Collins is facing a tough challenge from Democratic County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz.   

Voter Laurie Carroll of North Buffalo cast her ballot at the University Presbyterian Church and Main Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard late Tuesday afternoon.  She wouldn't reveal who she voted for, but is expecting a close race for county executive.

"When I was in there doing my little scanning thing I thought, oh I wonder it's going to be really tight.  So it will be interesting," said Carroll.
An unidentified Buffalo voter tells WBFO News he voted for Poloncarz because he's a democrat.

"I'm just tired of Collins and I just wanted to see what Poloncarz can do, and so I voted democrat today
I didn't really know too much about him, but I've been watching the commercial and listening to some of the things he said."

Joe Maiwald of Amherst was getting ready to head to his polling place.  He tells WBFO News he was going to vote for Collins.

"I think he kept his spending under control...I mean he's not popular with it, but you have to face fact," said Maiwald.
Collins voted early Tuesday morning at his polling site in Clarence.  Tuesday evening Collins will be join the Erie County Republican party at the Rich Atrium to watch election results.   

Poloncarz also cast his vote Tuesday morning at Lafayette High School in Buffalo.  Poloncarz will be monitoring the election results  at the Adams Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.

Polls close across much of the region at 9 p.m. Tuesday night.